Amgen Inc (AMGN): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Amgen ( AMGN) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.0%. By the end of trading, Amgen fell $1.85 (-1.5%) to $124.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,940,607 shares of Amgen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,519,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $123.13-$127.25 after having opened the day at $126.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.98. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: BG Medicine ( BGMD), down 17.7%, Venaxis ( APPY), down 15.5%, Akebia Therapeutics ( AKBA), down 12.5% and Celladon ( CLDN), down 12.4%.

Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics in the areas of oncology, hematology, inflammation, bone health, nephrology, cardiovascular, and general medicine worldwide. Amgen has a market cap of $95.2 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Amgen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amgen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Response Genetics ( RGDX), up 18.3%, Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners ( CPRX), up 8.6%, ProPhase Labs ( PRPH), up 7.9% and Edap TMS ( EDAP), up 6.3% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Stryker Corporation ( SYK) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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